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Michael Carberry: I have no respect for Oliver Dowden’s comments about Ollie Robinson Tweets

Michael Carberry: ‘No respect’ for Dowden comments

Ollie Robinson was suspended from international cricket by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after historical racist and sexist social media posts surfaced last week. Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in England Oliver Dowden labelled the decision “over the top”. The ECB is investigating claims another current England player posted “historical offensive material.”

The ECB is looking into claims a second England player posted “historical offensive material” while former England batsman Michael Carberry has criticised Oliver Dowden’s comments about Ollie Robinson’s suspension, said Sky Sports in England yesterday (8).

Wisden has unearthed a tweet, publishing its content but concealing the alleged England cricketer’s identity because he was under the age of 16 at the time.

The ECB said in a statement: “It has been brought to our attention that an England player has posted historical offensive material on their social media account.

“We are looking into it and will make a further comment in due course.”

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport in England Oliver Dowden

The news comes days after Ollie Robinson was suspended by the ECB after racist and sexist tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013, when he was in his late teens, were unearthed and shared on the day he made his Test debut against New Zealand last week.

The ECB announced at the conclusion of the Lord’s Test that the fast bowler had been suspended from all international cricket pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation.

England captain Joe Root said Robinson had to “learn some hard lessons”. However, Oliver Dowden, the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, said the suspension was “over the top” and called on the ECB to “think again”.

“Ollie Robinson’s tweets were offensive and wrong,” Dowden said on Twitter. “They are also a decade old and written by a teenager. The teenager is now a man and has rightly apologised. The ECB has gone over the top by suspending him and should think again.”

Carberry: ‘No respect’ for Dowden comments

Dowden’s comments on Robinson’s suspension were slammed by former England batsman Michael Carberry, who said he had “no respect” for the Culture Secretary’s words.

Carberry, who last year said Black cricketers felt like they were risking their careers if they attempted to confront prejudice, said Dowden had not experienced racial discrimination, and therefore was speaking “from a place of no facts or no reason”.

“I think Oliver Dowden needs to come and spend a day with me and live a day in my shoes, and a day in the shoes of most BAME community people, and actually speak from a place of facts and reason,” Carberry told Sky Sports News.

Ollie Robinson was suspended from international cricket by the ECB after historical racist and sexist social media posts surfaced last week

“Marcus Rashford only two or three weeks ago was trying to do some good in the world, using his platforms and various means. He’s trying to do some good in the world for kids of all colours, all races, all backgrounds.

“He’s trying to do some good, [and he] gets racially abused – I don’t hear Oliver Dowden piping up. So as far as I am concerned I have no respect for what his comments are about.

“He has never been racially abused, he’s never been racially discriminated against, so as far as I see it, it’s coming from a place of no facts or no reason.”

Carberry says his reaction to the surfacing of Robinson’s tweets was: “Here we go again.”

“It further backs up what I said last year, that the game has a massive problem,” he said.

“Until people start to deal with the problem – and I can speak for most of my community – we are not interested in proposals or what cricket is proposing to do.

“We need to start seeing action. Good on the ECB for suspending Ollie Robinson.

“I have got some other questions on that – why was this not picked up on years ago? Why has this guy been allowed to get this far in his career, and achieve what he’s achieved at the highest level?

“It’s a disappointment to me. Why are we not affecting our young professional cricketers better than what I am seeing right now?”